Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet (Google’s parent), Amazon and Facebook dominate the tech landscape. Their dominance is so broad they account for more than 20% of the S&P 500.
There are many things to admire about Apple’s hardware and software. Apple make great looking (albeit expensive) hardware. Over the years key successes include the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and the MacBook Air. The company designs its own hardware and software. This gives them the power to make an operating system and suite of apps that are tailor-made and optimized for their hardware. Apple also operates the Apple Music and Apple TV media distribution platforms.
Mac OS X is Apple’s proprietary operating system for its line of Macintosh computers. Its interface, known as Aqua, is highly polished and built on top of a BSD derivative (Darwin). There’s a whole raft of proprietary applications that are developed by Apple for their operating software. This software is not available for Linux and there’s no prospect of that position changing.
Xcode provides developers a unified workflow for user interface design, coding, testing, and debugging. It supports source code for many programming languages including Swift, C, C++, Python, Ruby and more.
Xcode is proprietary software that is available for download without charge. We recommend the best free and open source alternatives to Xcode.
PyCharm is a cross-platform IDE that is primarily targeted for Python and web development. An open source version is available as PyCharm Community Edition, and a proprietary version as PyCharm Professional Edition.
Eclipse is an integrated development environment (IDE) used in computer programming.
Eclipse is written mostly in Java and its primary use is for developing Java applications, but it can also be used to develop applications in other programming languages via plug-ins,
The NetBeans IDE is an Integrated Development Environment for Java software developers.
It provides all the tools needed to create professional desktop, enterprise, web and mobile applications, in Java, C/C++ and Ruby.
For more open source IDEs, read this roundup.
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|Alternatives to Apple's Products|
|Bonjour is an implementation of zero-configuration networking; technologies that includes service discovery, address assignment, and hostname resolution.|
|Boot Camp is a utility that comes with a Mac which lets users switch between macOS and Windows. The utility also guides users through non-destructive disk partitioning.|
|Calendar is a personal calendar app supporting multiple accounts, colour code work, family and personal events, event support, as well as calendar invitations.|
|Chess is a traditional chess game played on a well rendered board with a set of realistic 3-D pieces. It's actually a Unix-based chess program, Sjeng.|
|Compressor is a video and audio media compression and encoding application with support for common formats.|
|Dictionary is a small utility that lets users easily get definitions of words and phrases from a variety of sources.|
|FaceTime is a videotelephony product for making video and audio calls. FaceTime forces many to stay locked into a proprietary world.|
|FileMaker is a relational database application with a graphical user interface and good security features.|
|Final Cut Pro is a series of non-linear video editing software programs. Log and transfer video, edit, process the video, and output to a wide variety of formats.|
|GarageBand is a line of digital audio workstations for creating music and podcasts offering a complete sound library.|
|KeyNote is a simple and elegant presentation software that's part of the iWork productivity suite.|
|Logic Pro is a Digital Audio Workstation and MIDI sequencer providing software instruments, audio effects and recording facilities for music synthesis.|
|Mail is a simple email client offering the ability to send, receive, and view email with good organizing capabilities.|
|MainStage is a music application designed for use in live performance. This software lets you run a live rig. Transform your keyboard, guitar, or vocal performance with an enormous collection of plug-ins and sounds.|
|Maps is a web mapping service that's available in over 200 regions around the world offering curated guides.|
|Messages is instant messaging software for sending messages, images, videos, and documents. There's location data and stickers.|
|Motion creates and edits motion graphics, titling for video production and film production, and 2D and 3D compositing for visual effects.|
|Notes is a notetaking app designed to jot down quick thoughts or to save longer notes filled with checklists, images, web links, scanned documents, handwritten notes, or sketches.|
|Numbers is a spreadsheet application which uses a free-form “canvas” approach that demotes tables to one of many different media types placed on a page.|
|Pages is a word processor that's part of the iWork productivity suite. It's marketed as an easy-to-use application that allows users to quickly create documents.|
|Photos is a photo management and editing application. Organize your collection into albums, or keep your photos organized automatically with smart albums.|
|Safari is a graphical web browser which uses the WebKit and Nitro engines. It's the default web browser for Macintosh computers.|
|Shazam identifies music, movies, advertising, and television shows. There’s nothing more annoying than hearing a new song not knowing the identity of the artist.|
|Xcode provides developers a unified workflow for user interface design, coding, testing, and debugging. It supports source code for many programming languages including Swift, C, C++, Python, Ruby and more.|